Thriving Stockwell/Stockwell Forum Covid-19 Meeting – Follow up / next meeting Thurs 21 May 2- 3.30pm

A big thank you to everyone who attended the Stockwell Covid-19 Response Zoom meeting on Thursday 23 April. We had around 40 people on the call, which is a great indication of the wonderful sense of community and collaboration in Stockwell as well as the need to support our vulnerable residents during this time of crisis.

What really stuck out was discovering so many different things we are all doing to support our residents and seeing the huge range of people in the meeting. This included local residents, 4 Resident Associations, Florence our local MP, Vik the GP Clinical Director of the Stockwell Primary Care Network, Anna our Social Prescribing Link Worker, local pharmacists, NHS colleagues from South London and Maudsley and King’s Health Partners, Lucy one of our local Cllrs, LEAP, several voluntary and community sector organisations (Gaia, Metro, Young People Matter, Brixton Advice Centre, to name but a few), Hyde Housing, Community Fibre, Churches Together in Brixton and Stockwell, Guys and St Thomas’ Charity and more! 

Particularly satisfying was hearing about the number of connections that people have made as a result of the meeting and the action this has led to. Here are a few examples: 

– Cllr Lucy Caldicott and Dr Vik Sharma are now organising a meeting with some of the resident associations to develop a Stockwell Primary Care Network/Volunteer link to match patients who need support with volunteers from our local community.

– Marta from LEAP is now linking in with several groups and services on the call enabling them to promote their weekly online family activities to their service users

– We are spreading the success to other pharmacies of Ferndale residents’ group supporting Enrico’s Pharmacy with deliveries to local residents

– Lambeth Portuguese Wellbeing Partnership connected with SERA at their residents’ meeting and SERA are now leafletting Portuguese speaking residents on the estate about Covid-19 support

– Lindsay from South London and Maudsley / King’s Health Partners has shared information requested by attendees on supporting parents with special needs children during this time

We are keen to keep the momentum going and meet again to turn talk into action and start developing a plan for how we can work together in the Stockwell neighbourhood. The next meeting will be on Thursday 21 May 2- 3.30pm – https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3471756579

At the meeting we are going to take up Florence’s challenge to the group and jointly develop some case studies of vulnerable local residents who are faced with significant issues as a result of Covid-19, which Florence can potentially take into her parliamentary work. 

In developing these case studies we will be able to share our thoughts on the needs of that person, what our organisations can do to help, and what more we could do if we were better connected as a local network. Through this we will discover some immediate ways to work better together as well as generate ideas for potential projects that we could work on. 

We hope to see you on the . In the meantime, if you have any questions at all or any other ideas for joint working in Stockwell, please get in touch with either me (steve@stockwell.org.uk) or Will Nicholson wanicholson@gmail.com / 07773 345 862. Please also feel free to pass the invite on to any of your colleagues who might be interested in joining the Thriving Stockwell movement.

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